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NUST organises robotics workshop for youngsters
June 19, 2008: In a bid to introduce students to the exciting realm of robotics, a two-week long summer camp titled 'Exploring Young Leaders Natural Talent (EXYLENT) opened at the NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) on Wednesday.

NUST Institute of Information Technology Director General Dr. Arshad Ali said that the workshop plans to introduce robotics and programming, using Lego Mindstorms robotics kits, as hands-on-experience. "A course at this level shows science students the applications of the theory and would help maintain a high level of interest," he added.

Aimed at igniting the passion to embrace the amazing possibilities of technological innovations in this emerging field, the workshop is set to continue till July 27.

Students belonging to SSC, FSc and O and A levels will be taught about robotics by making robots of different sizes while programming them by using visual environment.

They will also be taught robot communication and gestation. The Lego Mindstorms is a line of Lego sets combining programmable bricks with electric motors, sensors, Lego bricks and Lego Technique pieces such as gears, axles and beams.

The first retail version of Lego Mindstorms was released in 1998 and marketed commercially, as the Robotics Invention System (RIS). The current version was released in 2006, as Lego Mindstorms NXT. The original Mindstorms Robotics Invention System kit contained two motors, two touch sensors, and one light sensor. The NXT version has three servomotors and four sensors for touch, light, sound, and distance.

The workshop addresses various concepts related to engineering principles and real life applications such as remote sensing, artificial intelligence and the integration of different components. Students will be engaged in designing and building a series of robots using Lego Mindstorms NXT, starting from simple and leading to complex robotic structures.

Dr Arshad Ali said that students today were quite imaginative, talented and highly gifted and the only thing they needed was someone to lead them to the right path for gratifying their creative talents and abilities. "I hope this small step of the SEECS will help lay foundation for a new culture of creativity in the society at large, boding well for our national progress in science and technology," he added.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) (Operation and Planning) Member Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed was the chief guest at the opening ceremony. Nust Rector Lieutenant General Mohammad Asghar was also present on the occasion. They appreciated the SEECS for introducing sense of creativity among students. The participants will be awarded certificates at the end of the workshop.

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Gilani orders release of grant to HEC
Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Wednesday ordered immediate release of the recurring grants amounting to Rs1.5 billion to the Higher Education Commission for payment of salaries and allowances to the teaching staff of the public sector universities, institutions and centres. The prime minister was informed by public representatives that public sector universities were facing acute shortages of funds due to the stoppage of cash flow from the federal government. Public sector universities were unable to pay salaries and allowances to their teaching staff. The prime minister took serious notice of the situation and ordered the Finance Division to immediately release the recurring grants to the HEC with a view to providing relief to the teaching faculty of these universities and institutions. The News

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